web analytics

Monarch butterflies

Posted on Jul 30, 2014

Here it is, one Meet Your Neighbours display that needs no introduction – the Monarch (Danaus plexippus), with a female on the left and a male on the right. We must all continue to work to make certain that future generations can enjoy them in real life and not simply via beautiful photos like these. Only through a collective effort to combat deadly chemical pollutants from intentionally entering our ecosystem, protecting vital habitat during all seasons and educating our children can we turn the tide on the decline of once abundant and now fading species like these. They may not be in the magnitude of the Passenger Pigeon in terms of previous abundance or inflicted human harm but the decreases that have occurred and the threats the Monarch face do serve as a chilling echo of that unthinkable extinction.

Monarchs (Danaus plexippus)